Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Friendly Encounters

This is a special edition in a series of meetings of my friends and celebs.

While preparing for my online piece on the Motor City Comic Con for Global Traveler magazine, I encountered the Toth sisters. Layne and Peri Toth might not be the youngest fans at the MCCC, but they certainly are the youngest comic artists.
How they got to this point is really a fascinating story.
As their father, Tornado tells their story:
My mom is a musician. I was in pro boxing. My brother was a Marine. I am friends with writers, sports personalities, movie makers & media types. An oddball lot. Layne started drawing at 10 months old. She had her first gallery showing at three years old. She won her first major art award at age five. I didn't know what to do with her talent. I had comic books in the basement and showed them to her. She became hooked. At age six (in 2003), she started Sisters Comics(tm) with her li'l sister Peri and attended her first comic book convention. At seven, she started college art classes. At eight, she was published and seen on TV & in magazines such as Time. Peri followed in Layne's footsteps. In fact, Peri might just be more creative & funnier than Layne. Surrounded by great people and guided by their mentor Levi Krause, they are pretty strong for their ages and make a good team. And we have breaking news that Layne & Peri are very close to entering into an exclusive appearance contract with details pending.
Below is one of their favorite pictures from the MCCC. Actor Felix Silla is holding Layne's artwork for him. The sisters might have been excited to meet Silla, but in a few years, Silla might be telling people about his encounter with these young celebrities.
There is a lot more to the story of the Sisters Toth and I will be sharing more in future pieces. You can check out their work at I am really looking forward to meeting these successful sisters at the MCCC this weekend.
Peri Toth, Felix Silla and Layne Toth at Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI-May 2008.

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